To celebrate the universal appreciation of motherhood, the Somerville-based Center for Arabic Culture and the Egyptian Student Association at MIT have planned a pre-Mother’s Day concert on the university campus, the center announced Monday.
The event is called “To Ummi with Love,” using the Arabic word for “mother,” and will highlight “shared values of love and appreciation across culture,” the center said in a statement. It will include musical performances by Simon Shaheen and the “Qantara Berklee.”
“This is a great way to bridge gaps of misunderstanding about the Arabs … by celebrating culture and heritage,” said Sara Mraish Demeter, a member of the center’s board of directors, in an e-mail.
“To Ummi with Love” will take place Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. on in room 10-250 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All are welcome.
Tickets will not be available at the door but are sold online through the center’s website at centerforarabicculture.wordpress.com. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students. The event is free for children 10 and younger.
All proceeds will support the center’s mission of promoting Arabic language, culture, art, history, and intercultural understanding between Arabic and non-Arabic groups.
For more information, visit the Center for Arabic Culture at centerforarabicculture.wordpress.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Arabic-Culture/50169901849, or on Twitter at twitter.com/CACBoston.